Brian Shirley Sweeps LaSalle, Forecast Cancells Spring Meltdown at I-80

 

 

 

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The partnership between Bob Cullen, Arnie Ranta and veteran Brian Shirley hasn't taken long to capitalize in big ways. After a strong debut at Speed Weeks in Florida, Shirley powered his #3s to victory in back to back nights at LaSalle Speedway to sweep the top prize in the Corn Belt Clash's first ever trip to the Izzo facility. 'The Squirrel' took home a $5,000 pay day on Friday the 25th and followed that up with a $15,000 victory the next night.

Night One Results:

 

Feature
1. 3 Shirley
2. 777 Landers
3. 99 Heckenast
4. 33 Thornton
5. 24 Unzicker
6. 74 McGrath
7. 91 Schlenk
8. 12 Jamison
9. 56 Jackson
10. 15 Looney
11. 14 Roth
12. 77 Asplin
13. 4 Mahoney
14. 32 Pierce
15. 10 Schmitt
16. 21 Bell
17. 18 Babb
18. 32 Simpson
19. 75 Drake
20. 1 Wilmoth
21. 25 Feger
22. 12 Weaver
23. 29 Dierks
24. 39 McCreadie

Heat 1
33 Thornton
77 Asplin
15 Looney
91 Schlenk
10 Schmitt
77 Bowman
14 Roth
26 Johnson
26 Roth
1 Manos
782 Larson

Heat 2
777 Landers
32 Pierce
1 Wilmoth
4 Mahoney
24 Unzicker
39 McCreadie
77 Morris
5 Radson
6 Massengill
21 Moyer Jr
28 Erb

Heat 3
99 Heckenast
29 Diercks
56 Jackson Jr
12 Weaver
74 McGrath
21 Bell
23 Vanderveen
15 Vandenbergh
11 Markham
15 Birkhofer

Heat 4
3 Shirley
18 Babb
25 Feger
12 Jamison
75 Drake
89 Spatola
32 Simpson
1 Liggett
610 Hendrick
4 Playter
40 Callahan

B-Main 1
74 McGrath
10 Schmitt
21 Bell
77 Bowman
23 Vanderveen
14 Roth
26 Roth
782 Larson
11 Markham
26 Johnson
1 Manos

B-Main 2
24 Unzicker
75 Drake
89 Spatola
5 Rasdon
39 McCreadie
77 Morris
40 Callahan
1 Liggett
28 Erb
610 Hendrick
4 Playter
32 Simpson

 

Night Two Results:
Heat 1
99 Heckenast
29 Dierks
15 Birkhofer
77 Bowman
10 Schmitt
89 Spatola
1 Manos
23 Vanderveen
79 Kurtz
610 Hendrick
4 Playter

Heat 2
25 Feger
18 Babb
91 Schlenk
777 Landers
12 Weaver
5 Radson
75 Drake
28 Erb
39 McCreadie
74 McGrath
26 Roth

Heat 3
32 Pierce
3 Shirley
56 Jackson
21 Moyer Jr
12 Jamison
4 Mahoney
15 Vandenbergh
15 Looney
782 Larson
26 Roth
33 Thornton

Heat 4
32 Simpson
24 Unzicker
21 Bell
77 Asplin
6 Massingill
1 Matagaras
40 Callahan
77 Morris
1 Wilmoth
14 Roth
1 Goekey

B-Main 1 – top 2 xfer
10 Schmitt
89 Spatola
4 Mahoney
15 Vandenbergh
79 Kurtz
23 Vanderveen
1 Manos
782 Larson
4 Playter
610 Hendrick
12 Jamison
28 Johnson
33 Thornton

B-Main 2 – top 2 xfer
12 Weaver
6 Massingill
39 McCreadie
5 Radson
75 Drake
74 McGrath
40 Callahan
1 Matagaras
26 Roth
77 Morris
1 Gokey
28 Erb
14 Roth
1 Wilmoth

Feature
1. 3 Shirley
2. 32 Pierce
3. 99 Heckenast
4. 18 Babb
5. 91 Schlenk
6. 21 Bell
7. 56 Jackson
8. 28 Erb
9. 24 Unzicker
10. 32 Simpson
11. 15 Birkhofer
12. 21 Moyer Jr
13. 25 Feger
14. 89 Spatola
15. 29 Dierks
16. 77 Bowman
17. 77 Asplin
18. 74 McGrath
19. 14 Roth
20. 777 Landers
21. 23 Vanderveen
22. 10 Schmitt
23. 15 Looney
24. 6 Massingill
25. 12 Weaver

 

It was also announced just prior to the driver's meeting at LaSalle on Saturday that due to the forecast for next weekend's Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska that the event would be cancelled and not made up. A full press release from the speedway is below. With the cancellation of I-80, the CBC's next event will be Friday, April 15th for a $5,000 to win event before going to 34 Raceway the next night for the $10,555 to win Slocum 50 on April 16th.

 

Press Release from I-80 Speedway:

After spending a great deal of time studying the weather forecast (which is something we don’t like to do) and seeing the low temperatures forecasted to be in the mid 20’s, wind gusts at the 20 mph range, for next weekend (April 1 & 2), we have decided to cancel the Spring Meltdown. This will be the first time in ten years that we have had to do this. We are doing this early so that all racers and fans planning on attending this event can make other plans.

There are a number of reasons that we reached this decision. First, we are very concerned about our exposed water lines to the bathrooms and concession areas. With a forecast low in the 20’s and 30 mph wind gusts there is a real possibility that the weather would freeze our water lines if we were to activate it. It is currently turned off and winterized at the present time.

Secondly, we are worried about providing the drivers a good racing surface as without a full water system we may not been able to properly prepare the race track. We also want the drivers, crews and fans to enjoy the races and with low temperatures and gusty winds this does not make for an enjoyable situation.

Unfortunately we will not be able to reschedule the Spring Meltdown as the MLRA is racing at Lucas Oil Speedway the following week and the week after that we will not race against the IceBreaker at Eagle Raceway as we have an agreement that if they do not race against our Spring Meltdown and Bugeater Bash we will not race against their Icebreaker.

All entry fees paid by drivers and tickets purchased by fans for the event will be refunded to their credit cards with the exception of one day for the sprint cars. The practice scheduled for Thursday, March 31 has been moved to Thursday, April 7. The Nebraska 360 Sprint Cars Series has been rescheduled for one night of the Bugeater Bash on Saturday, April 9 with the same $2000 to win purse as was scheduled at the spring meltdown.

Many of the Dirt Late Model drivers that would have been at the Spring Meltdown will be returning to I-80 Speedway for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series GO 50 on Tuesday, May 24. They will return for the MLRA/CBC/MARS Alphabet Soup race on Friday, June 24 and then the Silver Dollar Nationals from July 21 thru 23. The A Mods will be running at the Bugeater Bash on April 8 & 9 as well as throughout the season.

Tickets are available for all races at; http://i-80speedway.com/i80/schedule/weekly/

We hope this cancellation does not inconvenience anyone but we believe given the forecast it is the best decision for all parties concerned that we cancel early.